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Smart Study Tips for KVPY 2016 Preparation

Tips for KVPY 2016 PreparationKishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana is a prestigious scholarship program to scout and nurture young talent. It is conducted by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. KVPY 2016 is going to be conducted on November 1.

As the days of the exam draw near, these KVPY study tips compiled by askIITians achievers will prove to be immensely helpful to you:

KVPY 2016 Exam Pattern

Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana tests students at three levels:

  • KVPY SA exam is conducted for Class XI students,

  • KVPY SX exam is conducted for Class XII students, and

  • KVPY SB exam is conducted for first-year students of B.Sc., B.S., Integrated 5-year M.Sc, or Integrated 5-year M.S. programmes.

KVPY SA exam pattern

KVPY SA exam will have single paper with objective-type multiple-choice questions (MCQs). Duration of the paper is 3 hours.

KVPY SA exam pattern

The paper will have negative marking – ¼ marks awarded to the question will be deducted from the total score if the answer is wrong. It means 0.25 mark will be deducted for the wrong answer in Part 1 and 0.5 mark will be deducted for incorrect answer in Part 2.

KVPY SB exam pattern or KVPY SX exam pattern

Like the SA exam, both KVPY SB exam and KVPY SX exam will also have single paper with objective-type multiple-choice questions (MCQs) and duration of 3 hours.

The only difference is that at this level, students can choose to answer questions of any three subjects (out of four available) in Part 1 of the question paper and any two subjects (out of four available) in Part 2 of the question paper.

KVPY SB exam pattern or KVPY SX exam pattern

There is negative marking here too –0.25 mark will be deducted for wrong answer in Paper 1, and 0.5 mark will be deducted for wrong answer in Part 2.

KVPY 2016 Syllabus

There is no prescribed syllabus for the KVPY written exam and the emphasis is on evaluating the candidates on their conceptual understanding and analytical ability rather than their factual knowledge.

However, for guidance purposes, your study should consist of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics syllabus that you have studied till Class X for SA exam, till Class XII for SX exam and till 1st year of your B.Sc., B.S., B.stat., B.Math., Integrated M.Sc. or Integrated M.S. programmes as applicable.

Since the CBSE Board is most popular school board in India, you might consider covering CBSE syllabus up to Class X or XII as applicable.

There are no important topics as such in the exam and it is difficult to assign weightage to different topics asked in the exam. But you must solve previous-year KVPY papers to get an idea of what type of questions are asked in the exam.

Click here for complete details on KVPY Syllabus 2016

KVPY 2016 Important Books

NCERT books are best books for KVPY preparation. Besides school books, you can use following books for reference:


P Bahadur for Physical Chemistry

Solomons for Organic Chemistry

O.P Tandon for Inorganic Chemistry


H. C Verma Vol 1 & 2

I E Irodov


R S Agarwal

S L Loney



Complete AIPMT Guide by MTG

You may also want to use askIITians KVPY study material which is high customised, offers quality support content and includes well-researched tests. At the end of each chapter, you will find a formula sheet and Tips n Tricks to quickly solve related questions.

You can subscribe for this KVPY study material as a separate component. Besides offering short concise course modules for both Class XI and Class XII, it also lays a strong foundation for other competitive engineering entrance exams like JEE Main and JEE Advanced or BITSAT, and medical entrance exams like AIPMT.

You must go through askIITians free KVPY sample papers – available with solutions. They will give you a fair idea of the exam and the logic and rationale used to solve each question chosen carefully to give you practice in different types of questions asked in the exam.

Last Moment KVPY Preparation Tips

  • Students, who are already preparing for exams like JEE Main or AIPMT, will not need to worry much about studying extra for the KVPY exam. Since there is no prescribed KVPY syllabus, you can just stick to the JEE Main or AIPMT syllabus for the exam and you will find that you are able to solve most of the KVPY questions quite easily.

  • Those who need assistance should go for one-on-one intensive doubt clearing sessions at this stage – online or offline.

  • To win the scholarship, it is wise to be vigilant and find ways to be better than your peers. Solve as many KVPY past year papers and sample papers as you can, and analyze your performance by comparing it with the given solutions. With a month or two of focus and practice, you should be able to score well in KVPY scholarship exam.

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